Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Minister of Social Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure Development today .

The portfolio was held by CWC leader Arumugam Thondam who passed away last week.

The Prime Minister who  took oaths before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also holds the portfolio of Finance, Economic Affairs, Policy Development, Buddha Sasana, Cultural, Water Supply and Urban Development, and Housing Facilities.

President signs the letter of appointment as Secretary P.B.Jayasundera looks on